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LATEST NEWS - 3PB Barristers expands family services team

3rd April 2017

3PB Family has added 3 new barristers to its rapidly expanding specialist team. Oliver Thorne (2005 call), formerly of King’s Bench Chambers, will be based ... read more

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Elizabeth McGrath QC and Lawrence Messling are recognised for their expertise by the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2017.

Midlands (Bar), Family/Matrimonial

Elizabeth McGrath QC - Band 2
An expert family law practitioner with a broad range of experience. In children work, she has handled cases of abduction and relocation, as well as serious injury and sexual abuse. She also takes on complex financial remedy cases concerning high net worth individuals.
Strengths: "An excellent silk. Her client care skills are second to none and she is robust in the face of difficult opponents." "A brilliant tactician and outstanding negotiator."

Lawrence Messling - Band 1
Senior junior who focuses exclusively on serious public law children cases, in which he is regularly instructed by local authorities, parents and guardians. His caseload includes complex fact-finding cases, fabricated illnesses and multi-jurisdictional aspects.
Strengths: "Lawrence is excellent, extremely courteous, unruffled and very hard-working." "Always well prepared and a lovely manner. I just think he's brilliant."

Vanessa Meachin - Band 1 
Prominent family law specialist with a broad practice range encompassing matrimonial finance, care, adoption and private children work. Recent cases have included serious allegations of physical and sexual abuse, as well as the death of a child.
Strengths: "Absolutely excellent, her preparation is second to none and her advocacy is excellent." "Forensic, detailed and good with clients." 

London (Bar), Family: Matrimonial Finance

Sheena Cassidy of 3PB Barristers - Band 3
Deputy head of chambers and a matrimonial finance practitioner specialising in complex cases involving issues of tax and trust structures. She is noted for her experience in cases involving non-disclosure and fraud. 
Strengths: "She's so measured, thorough, committed and unflappable."

Family/Matrimonial - Western (Bar) - Band 2 Set

THE SET 

3PB Barristers enjoys a strengthening reputation in the area of family law, and fields an experienced group with a history of acting for clients in a wide range of matters. Members are engaged on significant public and private children law cases and the set also offers a dedicated family financial and property team. In addition to its litigation prowess, 3PB is also skilled at taking clients through the process of ADR.

Client service: "The clerks are always ready and willing to help." "If there is anything that concerns me, I know I can bring it to the clerks' attention and it is dealt with discreetly and efficiently.".

JUNIORS 

Rachael Goodall
Primarily works on financial remedy and TOLATA disputes, especially those arising from relationship breakdown. She is also able to advise on private children matters.
Strengths: "A great all-rounder, whose manner with clients is commendable as she is sensitive yet strong. Her advice is top class." "Offers excellent knowledge of matrimonial financial law and proceedings, thorough and prompt preparation, superior attention to detail, and great empathy with clients in difficult circumstances."

Nicola Martin 
Highly thought of for her work taking on difficult childcare cases, including those involving serious injury or death. Additionally well respected for her work on matrimonial finance cases.

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2016
Recommendations and Quotes

LONDON BAR

Family law (including divorce and financial remedy) – Leading juniors
Sheena Cassidy - Not afraid to stand up to the other side and clients love her.

REGIONAL BAR: Midlands Circuit

Lawrence Messling - ‘Simply outstanding – he is extremely thorough and an exceptional advocate.’
Vanessa Meachin
- 'Her practice spans care, adoption, finance and private law children cases'

REGIONAL BAR: South Eastern Circuit

Family and children law – Leading juniors
Nicola Martin - An excellent negotiator and a robust advocate.
Tom Tyler - A finance specialist.
Katherine Dunseath - An expert in cases with an international element, who fiercely protects her clients interests with professionalism and congeniality.

REGIONAL BAR: Western Circuit

Family and children law – Leading juniors
Nicola Martin - An extremely experienced and impressive advocate, who is skilled at fighting her client's corner.
Hamish Dunlop - He has excellent rapport with clients and is truly knowledgeable in the complex field of financial remedy.
Lucy Hendry - Hardworking, persistent and excellent on her feet.
Mark Elliott - A calm and measured barrister, who quickly gets to the crux of the matter.
Omar Malik - Recommended for financial remedy cases.
Rachael Goodall - She has a superb manner with clients and a detailed knowledge of papers.
Elisabeth Hudson - Experienced in both private and public law children proceedings.
Tonia Clark - She is experienced in private law children proceedings.
Gemma Chapman - She has a focus on public children law proceedings.
Melissa Barlow - She is very experienced and gives clear, robust advice in a manner clients understand and respect.
Richard Tyson - He presents cases with great skill and sensitivity.

Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2015
Recommendations and Quotes

LONDON BAR

Family law (including divorce and financial remedy) – Leading juniors
Sheena Cassidy - She has no equal on the interplay between family and criminal fraud proceedings - she is the go-to expert on such matters

REGIONAL BAR: South Eastern Circuit

Family and children law – Leading juniors
Nicola Martin - She is approachable, good with clients, and flexible in her approach
Tom Tyler- Undertakes financial remedy cases where parties have been convicted of serious criminal offences

REGIONAL BAR: Western Circuit

Family and children law – Leading juniors
Nicola Martin - She can navigate very quickly through a jungle of documents to find the answer
Hamish Dunlop - He has a fantastic rapport with clients and really knows his stuff
Lucy Hendry - She is sensible in negotiations, exerting a calming influence on the case as a whole
Mark Elliott - Extensive knowledge of both financial remedy and Children Act matters
Omar Malik - Very good with clients
Rachael Goodall - She provides pragmatic and sensible advice in a sensitive manner
Elisabeth Hudson - Her practice includes Children Act work, financial remedy, TOLATA and Inheritance Act cases
Tonia Clark - She has a swift grasp of detail, and is very client-friendly
Gemma Chapman - Her public law children cases often involve issues of neglect, factitious illnesses and non-accidental injuries
Melissa Barlow - Level-headed and sensible
Richard Tyson - He has excellent client communication skills

Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2014
Recommendations and Quotes

LONDON BAR

FAMILY LAW (INCLUDING DIVORCE AND FINANCIAL REMEDY
Sheena Cassidy - 3PB ‘A silk of the future.’

REGIONAL BAR: SOUTH EASTERN CIRCUIT
Ranked as a leading set Tier 2 in the South Eastern circuit

FAMILY AND CHILDREN LAW
3PB handles a broad spectrum of family cases including public law care work, finance, property and private law children matters. Nicola Martin, who heads the group, has experience in complex financial remedy cases involving substantial assets.

Nicola Martin - 3PB ‘A strong all-rounder.’
Tom Tyler - 3PB ‘Skilled in all areas of his multi-faceted family practice, particularly in financial remedy cases.’

REGIONAL BAR: WESTERN CIRCUIT
Ranked as a leading set Tier 2 in the Western Circuit

FAMILY AND CHILDREN LAW
3PB’s family team has strength in depth and a strong geographical presence on circuit, which was bolstered by the arrival of Melissa Barlow and Gemma Chapman from Queen Square Chambers. Members handle all types of complex public law children cases, particularly involving serious mental health issues or education elements. The finance team has niche expertise in professional negligence in the context of legal advice on financial provision. In 2013, Tony Ward represented a wife in a complex inter-generational financial remedy case, which involved third parties, trusts and partnerships.

Melissa Barlow - 3PB ‘A specialist in care cases who regularly represents parents, guardians and local authorities.’
Gemma Chapman - 3PB ‘Recommended for public law children cases, and experienced in managing volatile parents.’
Tonia Clark - 3PB ‘She has in-depth knowledge of the law and a brilliant approach to dealing with problems swiftly.’
Hamish Dunlop - 3PB ‘Precise and thorough.’
Mark Elliott - 3PB ‘He has notable expertise in forced marriage cases as part of his broad practice.’
Rachael Goodall - 3PB ‘Extremely well prepared in terms of the facts of the case and the relevant case law.’
Lucy Hendry - 3PB ‘A very hardworking practitioner with excellent judgement.’
Elisabeth Hudson - 3PB ‘As part of her varied practice, she has enviable knowledge of the Hague Convention.'
Omar Malik - 3PB ‘His knowledge is outstanding and he meticulously prepares for cases.’
Nicola Martin - 3PB ‘Recommended for complex care cases, private law children work and high-value financial remedy.’
Tom Tyler - 3PB ‘He is experienced in financial remedy, where there is an element of criminal conduct or confiscation orders are involved.’
Richard Tyson - 3PB ‘He primarily handles high-net-worth financial remedy, but is also adept in children law.’

Recommended by the Legal 500 Directory 2013/14 for its expertise at London Bar - within Family Law (including divorce and ancillary relief): "3PB’s Sheena Cassidy, who is ‘great with difficult opponents’."

Recommended by the Legal 500 Directory 2013/14 for its expertise in Western Circuit: Rachael Goodall is ‘highly competent and well prepared’, and Nicola Martin ‘never disappoints’. Richard Tyson is ‘a master of his brief’, and Mark Elliott has ‘a fantastic ability to deal with very difficult litigants-in-person’. Also recommended are Hamish Dunlop, who ‘always conducts himself with the utmost professionalism’; Tom Tyler, who is ‘very meticulous, sharp and to the point’; and the ‘well-prepared and able’ Elisabeth Hudson. Tonia Clark and Lucy Hendry also stand out.

"3PB's ‘remarkably professional’ family law team is ‘expert in its field’ " LEGAL 500 UK DIRECTORY 2012/13



3PB Barristers expands family services team

3rd April 2017

3PB Family has added 3 new barristers to its rapidly expanding specialist team. Oliver Thorne (2005 call), formerly of King’s Bench Chambers, will be based ... read more


3PB’s Head of Family Law Group Hamish Dunlop, led by Nigel Dyer QC, represents respondent in Owens v Owens

27th March 2017

Hamish Dunlop, Head of 3PB’s Family Law Group, led by Nigel Dyer QC, has represented the respondent in the groundbreaking Owens v Owens case. The ... read more


Head of 3PB’s Family Law Group Hamish Dunlop draws conclusions from The Blue Cross and others v. Heather Ilot [[2017] UKSC 17]

24th March 2017

Head of 3PB’s Family Law Group Hamish Dunlop draws conclusions from The Blue Cross and others v. Heather Ilot [[2017] UKSC 17] On 15th March ... read more


Matiss Krumins joins 3PB's expanding Family Law Team in Birmingham

9th March 2017

Former Birmingham City Council Principal Solicitor Matiss Krumins has joined 3PB's growing family team based in Birmingham on Colmore Circus. Matiss was called to the ... read more


Katherine Dunseath and Frank Feehan QC discuss the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Mills v Mills, which highlights the financial ties afforded by joint lives maintenance payment

3rd March 2017

Katherine Dunseath, a barrister at 3PB Barristers, and Frank Feehan QC analyse how the Court of Appeal approached a cross-application for an upward variation of ... read more


3PB Family Barrister Nicola Frost provides an insightful summary of Re: MM (A patient) [2017] EWCA Civ 34

13th February 2017

3PB Family Barrister Nicola Frost provides an insightful summary of Re: MM (A patient) [2017] EWCA Civ 34, an appeal from the Court of Protection ... read more


3PB Family Barrister Katherine Dunseath successful in the court of appeal where the court ordered an upward variation of the ex wife’s spousal maintenance payments.

8th February 2017

Mills v Mills [2017]: Katherine Dunseath led by Frank Feehan QC successful in the court of appeal where the court ordered an upward variation of ... read more


3PB Family Barrister Nicola Frost summarises AB (Surrogacy: Domicile) [2016] EWFC 63

23rd January 2017

3PB Family Barrister Nicola Frost provides an insightful summary of AB (Surrogacy: Domicile) [2016] EWFC 63, an application for parental orders in relation to two ... read more


3PB’s Birmingham Chambers welcomes Suzanne Coleclough

9th January 2017

3PB is pleased to welcome Suzanne Coleclough (Call 2005), formerly of St Philips chambers. Suzanne joins 3PB’s Family Law team, based in its Birmingham chambers. ... read more


3PB welcomes Vanessa Meachin, leading family law barrister

23rd November 2016

3PB is pleased to announce Vanessa Meachin, formerly of St Philips chambers, will be joining the 3PB Family Law team in its Birmingham chambers from ... read more


Lawrence Messling joins 3PB's Birmingham chambers

1st November 2016

3PB is delighted to announce that Lawrence Messling (Call 1983), formerly St Philips chambers' Deputy Head of chambers and Head of the Family Law Group, has ... read more


English court exercises jurisdiction in retrospective leave to remove case (re X, Y and Z) – a Lexis Nexis interview by 3PB Family Barrister Katherine Dunseath and Ellis Jones’ Katie Taft.

1st November 2016

Katherine Dunseath, a barrister at 3PB Barristers, and Katie Taft, a senior associate at Ellis Jones Solicitors, discuss a novel family case involving important issues ... read more


Arthur Blake and Sarah Dines further strengthens 3PB's legal expertise

25th October 2016

Arthur Blake (Call 1988) and Sarah Dines (Call 1988), both formerly of 1 Gray's Inn Square, have joined 3PB's London chambers and further add strength and ... read more


Amy Lush joins 3PB’s family law team based in Winchester

19th October 2016

Amy Lush (Call 2013), formerly at 12 College Place, chambers joins 3PB’s busy and established family law team and will be based in our Winchester chambers. ... read more


Leading Silk Elizabeth McGrath QC joins 3PB's Birmingham chambers

12th October 2016

3PB is pleased to announce that Elizabeth McGrath QC, formerly of St Philips chambers, has joined our newly opened chambers in Birmingham. Elizabeth is highly regarded ... read more


Katherine Dunseath, experienced family law barrister at 3PB advises in judgement in LM v DR

2nd August 2016

Katherine Dunseath, experienced family law barrister at 3PB, led by Richard Harrison QC at 1 King's Bench Walk Chambers, advises that the judgment in LM v ... read more


Katherine Dunseath, 3PB family law barrister, successfully represents the parents in Re AO

30th June 2016

Katherine Dunseath, led by Frank Feehan QC, successfully represented parents in a novel case where the Local Authority applied for a care order (sch. 2 ... read more


Katherine Dunseath appears in landmark case

19th April 2016

Katherine Dunseath successfully represented the mother in this leading High Court case on circumcision on non medical grounds and temporary removal from the jurisdiction, which ... read more


Frank Feehan QC speaks on Radio 4 in the matter of N (Children) [2016] UKSC 15 (On appeal from: [2015] EWCA Civ 1112)

18th April 2016

Frank Feehan QC advised the Respondent (ZN – father) in the matter of N (Children) [2016] UKSC 15. The issue in the case was whether ... read more


Katherine Dunseath and Frank Feehan QC successfully represent parents in leading case re: relinquished babies. JL AO 2016 EWHC 440

4th March 2016

Katherine Dunseath, deputy head of 3PB's family law team, successfully represented the parents in the case of JL and AO before the Honourable Mr Justice ... read more


Esther Lieu, family law barrister at 3PB, provides summaries for three recent Court of Protection judgments for Family Law Week.

4th March 2016

In Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v K and C [2015] EWCOP 80, MacDonald J held that ‘K’ had the capacity to choose to ... read more


Sarah Jennings, family law barrister at 3PB, provides summary for recent Court of Appeal case of Re M [2016] EWCA Civ 61

16th February 2016

Sarah Jennings, family law expert at 3PB Barristers, summarises the recent Court of Appeal judgement in the case of Re M (children) [2016] EWCA Civ 61 for Family ... read more


Hayley Griffiths, 3PB family law barrister, advises in the Matter of D (A Child) (No 3)

20th January 2016

Hayley Griffiths acted on behalf of the Local Authority (Swindon Borough Council) in what Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, described as  “the ... read more


Hamish Dunlop, Head of Family Law Group, provides insightful commentary on Sharland and Gohill cases

23rd October 2015

Hamish Dunlop (Call 1991) has written a briefing note on the recent cases of Sharland and Gohill on how final are final orders. Please download ... read more


Sarah Jennings, barrister of 3PB Chambers, examines the purpose of and procedure for obtaining tipstaff orders

8th September 2015

Following the recent high profile case of toddler Ethan Williams, 3, who disappeared with his mother, tipstaff orders have been in the national press. Sarah ... read more


Esther Lieu, family law barrister, summarises Re P (A Child) [2015] EWCA Civ 170

16th March 2015

Esther Lieu, family law barrister at 3PB, provides an informative summary on the recent Court of Appeal case of Re P (A Child) [2015] EWCA ... read more


Vince v Wyatt – a briefing by Hamish Dunlop of 3PB

13th March 2015

Hamish Dunlop, Head of 3PB’s Family Law Group, has written an incisive and informative briefing on the recent Vice v Wyatt case, heard earlier this ... read more


Emma Harman, family law barrister at 3PB, gave a seminar to solicitors on the common pitfalls in surrogacy law

5th March 2015

Emma Harman, family law barrister at 3PB, gave a seminar to solicitors on the common pitfalls in surrogacy law. The topics covered included: Surrogacy arrangements ... read more


Sarah Jennings and Esther Lieu provide a useful Practitioners’ and Judges’ guide on the Family Drug and Alcohol Court

18th February 2015

Sarah Jennings and Esther Lieu, two family law barristers at 3PB, recently published an article with District Judge Julie Exton, looking at the successful start ... read more


Hayley Griffiths instructed in the judgment Re: D

3rd November 2014

RE D ( A Child) [2014] EWFC 39 - Acting for the local authority in care proceedings where parents are not entitled to public funding ... read more


Lucy Clayton and Sarah Jennings present a training day at an NHS Trust on care proceedings

26th September 2014

Lucy Clayton and Sarah Jennings of 3PB Barristers presented a very successful training day at an NHS Trust on care proceedings. Please click on the ... read more


3PB’s Family Law team - Bournemouth. Witness training workshop at Bournemouth County Court.

16th September 2014

3PB’s family law team in Bournemouth gave a successful interactive witness training workshop on 15th September 2014 at Bournemouth County Court. Sarah O’Hara, Lucy Hendry, ... read more


Katherine Dunseath, Mark Elliott and Andrew Lorie spoke at the Family Law Conference

10th September 2014

Katherine Dunseath, Mark Elliott and Andrew Lorie spoke at the Family Law Conference organised by the Hampshire Law Society on 10th September 2014, in Eastleigh. ... read more


Family law specialist Emma Harman has joined 3PB

21st April 2014

3PB is delighted to announce that family law specialist Emma Harman (Call 2003) has joined Chambers' established and expanding family law team. In addition to ... read more


Steven Howard represented the Guardian in the President's latest landmark decision

17th April 2014

Steven Howard represented the Guardian in the President's latest landmark decision Re S (a child) [2014]. The judgment primarily concerns when the court will permit ... read more


Andrew Lorie of Chambers lead by Alistair MacDonald QC of St Philips Chambers, Birmingham, succeed in the Court of Appeal

31st March 2014

Andrew Lorie of Chambers lead by Alistair MacDonald QC of St Philips Chambers, Birmingham, succeed in the Court of Appeal in Re D (a child) ... read more


Tony Ward provides an insightful update in the law regarding LSOs

5th March 2014

Tony Ward, one of 3PB’s experienced family law barristers, provides an insightful update in the law regarding LSOs, following its introduction in April 2013. Follow ... read more


Katherine Dunseath's recent interview with LexisNexis

28th February 2014

Katherine Dunseath's recent interview with LexisNexis regarding Re NL (a child) (appeal: interim care order: facts and reasons) [2014] EWHC 270 (Fam), [2014] All ER (D) ... read more


Katherine Dunseath, one of 3PB’s experienced family law barristers, advised in the recent case of

14th February 2014

Katherine Dunseath, one of 3PB’s experienced family law barristers, advised in the recent case of Re NL (A Child) (Appeal: Interim Care Order: Facts and ... read more


Bristol family law barristers train social workers

1st November 2013

The experienced family law team in Bristol are currently providing comprehensive inhouse training to social workers in drafting Statements and Care Plans and giving evidence ... read more


Chambers are delighted to announce...

2nd July 2013

Chambers are delighted to announce that our Property and Public & Regulatory teams have been further strengthened by the addition of William Hansen and our ... read more